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obama. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: that love, shown in the massive crowds that quickly gathered outside mandela's home and around the country. singing and dancing, joyfully celebrating the life of a man who gave so many hope and freedom. >> it's tragic. it's sad. i think we should celebrate what he has achieved and what he's given us. i wouldn't be here. i wouldn't be free, as i say, if it wasn't for him. >> reporter: south africa's first black president was surrounded by much of his family when he passed away. now, ten days of national mourning will start, during which mandela will lie in state in the capital, pretoria, so south africans can say their final good-byes, before he's taken back to his ancestral village of qunu for burial. alex marquart, abc news, johannesburg. >>> here at home, the u.s. paying its highest respects. >> president obama has given the order to fly u.s. flags at half-staff, saying mandela no longer belongs to us but to the ages. >>> elsewh
, hosting visitors including first lady michelle obama. nelson mandela became a living symbol of freedom. the strength of the human spirit. and moments ago president obama spoke about mandela. >> he drew for words spoken at president abraham lincoln's death bed >> he achieved more that be can be expected of any man, today, he's gone home, we've lost one of the most influential he and pro foundly good human beings any of us will share time with on earth. >> he no longer belongs to us. but to the ages. >> president obama plans to travel to south africa to attend the memorial service. the bay area is mourning the loss of bay area have given me and my delegation hope to continue farther >> thousands cheered when he spoke in 1990. mandela visited shortly after being released from prison. congressman barbara lee shared these thoughts with thus summer. >> president mandela is a person who really demonstrates that sacrifice is sometimes what it takes to be able to continue with the fight of freedom and justice. >> many point to the bay area as being a world wide leader in the antiapartheid movem
, president obama will be among the mourners along with mrs. obama who met mandela shortly after becoming first lady. president bush and laura bush have been invited to travel with the obamas, and former president clinton and hillary clinton will travel to the tribute for nelson mandela. from south africa we hear from one of his friends who described those final visits with the man he revered. abc's byron pitts from outside mandela's home. >> reporter: nowhere has admiration for nelson mandela been stronger, expressed more passionately than a few feet from his doorstep outside his home where the beloved statesman took his last breath. >> by singing and dancing, it's a way of showing our appreciation. >> he represents this country. >> reporter: nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. tuesday, a memorial service like the world has never seen. some 95,000 people packed inside the stadium. wednesday through friday the former president will lay in state in pretoria, the nation's legislative capital. next sunday mandela will be laid to rest in the small village of his boyhood on the
, tuesday is the big day, george. that is when president obama and the other presidents and potentates and princes will come here to south africa. join 90,000 south africans here in the fnb stadium. that is the last place the public saw nelson mandela at the 2010 world cup. he was there. he'll be there in spirit as the country says its farewell to him. there will be three days for his body to lie in state so people can come pay a personal tribute to him. on sunday, he'll be flown about 700 miles home to qunu where he'll be laid to rest in his ancestral village. >> let's take a closer look at his history with the united states. he had a deep impact on our politics before setting foot on our soil. here's jonathan karl with more. on how mandela prodded, consoles, scolded, and inspired american presidents. >> reporter: nelson mandela loomed large in america long before he was freed from prison. ♪ it was 25 years ♪ that take that man away >> reporter: inspiring a mass movement against racism and intolerance. >> apartheid, no. >> freedom, yes. >> reporter: his relationship with u.s. pres
it free at abc7news.com >> president obama and the first lady are on the way to south africa to pay their respects to nelson mandela. now the latest on the other world leaders headed for johannesburg and a final tribute. >> the week long farewell to nelson mandela is underway in south africa. >> this is the spit of the people around the world and here in south africa in the streets and townships and suburbs, people are united, holding hands, helping each other. >> president obama and first lady departed washington if south africa joined by george w. bush and his wife laura, and former secretary of state, hick. tomorrow's event is held in the soccer stadium where mandela made the last public appearance at the world cup closing ceremony in 2010. the world literally is coming to south africa. 91 heads of state and government, ten former heads of state, and dozens of other v.i.p.'s will join 90,000 regular south africans eager to pay were ares to the man who healed a nation and changed history. security will be tight. flight restrictions and thousands of police officers will be on duty
in grief. south africa's memorials for nelson mandela. the remembrances far and wide as president obama and other world leaders head to johannesburg. >>> stunning announcement from singer susan boyle who captivated the world with her humble roots and winning voice. ♪ i dreamed a dream in time gone by ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> private diagnosis and why she's decided to make it public. it is monday, december 9th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >>> good monday morning, everybody. how was your commute in? >> it actually wasn't so terrible. i know i'm one of the lucky ones. what was the west churning has hit us now. >> philadelphia really got bombed where i am on the jersey shore not too far away, maybe 90 minutes away, got six inches. it is wintertime. >> you are closer to the water than i am. i probably got three inches. still bad. >> let's talk about the wicked stuff out there. we begin with then storm that moved to the east coast, heavy snow and ice that triggered deadly pileups and a nightmare for air travelers, as well. >>
. last night, president obama likened mandela to abraham lincoln when he said mandela belongs to the ages now. giving us a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes, not their fears. >> that conviction, too, george, apparent throughout his singular life. evident in his final communication. a final tweet, in fact, from nelson mandela's account. and it does resonate. a real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that the end of the debate we should emerge stronger. >> he said his 27 years in prison made him stronger and more mature. and we have much more coming up on nelson mandela, as well. >>> we're also tracking the huge ice storm this morning. more on that in a minute. >>> let's get to south africa. you see the black car carrying mandela's coffin right there. it's going from johannesburg to pretoria. it's draped with the south african flag. abc's alex marquardt is in johannesburg right now. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning, george. south africa is a country deep in mourning this morning. flags are flying at half-st
this were words of tribute from president obama. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. it falls to us as best we can to follow the example he set. >> memorial grew outside the embassy in washington with ten official days of mourning. people are sharing their memories of nelson mandela on our facebook payment -- page. >> now if san rafael the red cross is helping six people displaced by a house fire find shell december that break out on a home before 3:00 this morning. a dog and two turtles inside the home were okays as well, this morning. >> the police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man found lying on the street. police have identified the victim and released this photo of him. according to investigators, officers found rodriguez suffering from a wound if vallejo yesterday. he died at the hospital. police are asking anyone with information about the shooting or the gunnen ma, to give them a call. >> a vigil is held in vallejo for 26-year-old man shot to death last friday at an apartment complex. he was found dead after police got reports of gunsh
obama called for all flags at public. ings be lowered through sun set in honor of mandela. >> six major silicon valley tech companies are now calling on president obama and congress to curb their government surveillance programs. among the silicon valley companies taking part in this new is google and cupertino's apple, and facebook, and yahoo and san francisco's twitter. all the companies are publishing an open letter in several united states newspapers today. >> documents leaked by contractor edward snowden reveal the government has collected information from millions of people often without their knowledge. the n.s.a. has called everything it is doing "perfectly legal." >> america's love affair with diet soda is fizzing out. sales have drop percent the last year because of health-related. internet stories are amplifying concerns about the sweetners which the fa says are "safe," but studies have raised concerns including links to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. >> a big honor for san francisco guitarist carlos santana one of five to receive honors last night. the 66-year-old is o
of course touched so many people around the world, including here at home and president obama, who not long ago spoke about the profound effect mandela had on his own life. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> and we want to show you a picture now. president obama then 19 years old, a college student, protesting apartheid an campus. he said that was the moment that mandela, quote, gave him a sense of what is possible in this world. sending a jolt of electricity through his homeland but also this nation, america, founded on equality for all. abc's byron pitts now on what mandela meant to the united states. >> reporter: just four months after he was set free from prison in 1990, nelson mandela set foot in america for the very first time. an 8-city tour starting in new york. it was magical. it was as if malcolm and martin were still alive and the nets had won the world series all in new york all in one day. mandela spoke at yankee stadium.
president obama and former u.s. presidents. >>> newlywed murder. a trial set to begin today for a young bride accused of pushing her new husband off the cliff. as new details in this case emerge. >> edge of the world. no harness, no safety net. a daredevil takes his handstand to new heights. >>> and good monday morning. we begin with snow-covered runways and roadways following a wintry storm that seemed to catch people offguard. >> and it's not over yet. a look at the radar there. after a day of snow and ice, the slow-moving system still stretching from the deep south all the way up to maine. >> and this is what it did overnight in the northern suburbs of new york city, icy roads contributed to this nasty multi-car pileup in yonkers. it sent 40 people to the hospital. no one was killed. >>> more than 1,000 flights have been canceled today across the country. a number that's sure to grow. here's a live look at philadelphia's international airport where more than eight inches of snow fell yesterday. >> the hardest storm hit at kickoff for the philadelphia eagles game. blinding snow and wi
and military facilities. president obama made the order yesterday evening and flags will continue to fly at half staff through sunset on monday. >> in washington, a memorial is growing outside the south african embassy with people leaving cards, candles and flowers following the announcement of the death. a visitor said you cannot put in word was he did for south africa. >> similar seen -- scene in long do where notes and flowers are left. this video was shot a few hours ago. his daughters were in london when they got word of their father's death. they attending the premiere of the new film honoring the late south african leader. >> this paris, the eiffel tower is lit up in south africa colors in honor of delaware. you can see green, red and blue lit up on the tower. >> back in the un, the apollo these they are in new york city harlem showing appreciate to mandela saying "nelson mandela, he changed our word." people are sharing memories and you can leave your thoughts on our facebook page. stay with us abc7 news for continuing coverage of the death of nelson mandela. we will have bay are
. >> someone who is clearly rested, bright eyed and bushy tailed. the newest member of the obama family showing too much puppy love in the white house. >>> and next half hour, don't forget about the morning glass of orange juice. how about taking a shower with it? it is the latest health trend. the vitamin c shower. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues af ♪ >> classic. love that song. >> even in the barking fashion. >> yep. >> what do you get when you mix jingle bell holiday spirit with a bouncing new puppy. >> at the white house it wasn't canine carolling but it added to the festivities. the first lady kicked off the holiday season at the executive mansion. and of course anything involving a puppy usually makes it "our favorite story of the day." here's mary bruce. >> reporter: someone maybe a little too excited for the holidays. sunny, the newest member of the obama family, joined the first lady and children for holiday cheer. bounding with excitement, her first christmas at the white house. she got too rambunctious for this toddler. with a hand from m
, abc news, johannesburg. >> alex, thank you. >>> president obama called himself one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela. he ordered flags at the white house and across the country to be lowered to half staff. karen travers has reaction from around the world. ♪ >> reporter: outside of the home where nelson mandela died, they sang in memory and mourning. >> great fighter, strong man. >> reporter: south africa's president delivered the long dreaded news. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost their father. >> reporter: president obama praised the man he called a personal inspiration. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: that sense of historical loss ranged from royalty. >> extremely sad and tragic news. we are reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man nelson mandela was. >> reporter: to regular people. >> is there a man who has more people aware of what he has contributed? >> reporter:. >> reporter: as a young ma
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and in history. from world leaders like president obama. >> like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set. and so long as i live, i will do what i can to learn from him. >> to celebrities and mostly ordinary citizens of the world, an outpouring of love and mourning. abc's alex marquardt is live for us in johannesburg. alex? >> good evening, dan. a new day has dawned here in south africa. there's a profound sense of loss and mourning that has swept the entire country. what's really remarkable are celebrations like this one right outside mandela's home that we've seen spring up around the country. south africans marking the passing of this great man by celebrating his life. when the news broke tonight of mandela's death, south africans of all stripes flocked to mandela's home. young, old, white, black. ♪ they danced. they sang old songs of struggle from the apartheid era. >> i think we should celebrate what he has achieved and what he has given us. i wouldn't be free without him. >> reporter: but some who showed up to pay their respe
. >> president obama attending a hanukah reception at the white house, remembered mandela as a champion of human rights. >> a moral giant who embodied the dignity and courage and home and sought to bring about justice in south africa but to inspires millions around the world. >> they were moved by his long walk to freedom imprisoned for 27 years he was a global symbol of the fight against apartheid from the cell he rallied millions against race. and injustice. in 1990 the south african government, under heavy pressure at home and from around the world released mandela and began dismantling apartheid. >> never again shall it be that this beautiful land will be oppressed one by another. >> next week, south africa will hold a memorial at a stadium that seats 95,000 people. the white house says president obama will attend. >> thank you. hearts are heavy around the world and here in the bay area where the antiapartheid movement took center stage decades ago. mandela visited the bay area in june of 1990 including a speech in front of 58,000 people looking to see him at oakland coliseum. he just was re
obama. and call it the butterfly effect. why some are calling for a ban on butterflies in the city of san francisco. and later the not so incredible, edible egg. the high-tech chef looking to replace the egg with plants. santana was one of the artists to receive kennedy center honors. santana is one of a few latinos to receive the top arts award. he started playing the guitar after hearing blues and rock and roll on the radio. his album "super natural" won nine grammies. the honorees are billy joel and actress shirley mcclain. >>> south africans packed houses of worship to celebrate the life of nelson mandela. today's national day of prayer kicked off a series of memorials leading up to mandela's burial. president obama and first lady michelle obama will leave for africa tomorrow. they will join former president jimmy carter, bill clinton and george w. bush at a national memorial service on tuesday. >>> back here in the bay area, people began signing a memorial bo memorial book at skyline memorial park in san mateo county. you can sign the book until the end of the month. the cemet
, with president obama and the first lady just boarding on the way to south africa to pay tribute this week to nelson mandela with other world leaders >> gas prices have got up three cents a gallon according to the new survey putting the national average for a gallon of regular at $3.29, nearly ten cents less than a yearing a at this time. california above average price rose four cents to $3.5 a gallon and the cheapest gas in the lower 48 is in tulsa, oklahoma, where drivers pay $2.84 a gallon and the most expensive gas is not in the bay area but in los angeles, $3.61. >> butterflies are the latest political target in san francisco, the commission on the environment approved a resolution urging the toy been releasing but the for flies at weddings saying they are animals to be respected and should not be used add decorations. mop arcs are the most sought after for ceremonies. supporters are concerned the butterflies could damage native species. >> a start-up is looking to invent the incredible edible egg without the "egg." the san francisco start-up backed by bill gates is scouring the plane
the train to slow down if it was going too fast. >>> president obama is said to make some comments about his health care law at a white house youth event today. it's the second-straight day he will be talking about obama care. as abc's karen travers tells us, that's by design. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, john. good morning, diana. president obama highlighted the progress at healthcare.gov. but once again, he reminded americans that the health care law is not just a website. and he had a strong message for republicans. he said the health care law is here to stay. >> my main message today is we're not going back. after just the first month, despite all of the problems in the rollout, about 500,000 people across the country are poised to gain health care coverage threw marketplaces and medicaid beginning on january 1st. >> reporter: but the white house says the problems are almost fixed. over the next three weeks they'll make a big push to get people enrolled so they have health insurance by january 1st. john and diana? >> karen, thank you. >>> now, to a breaking story from
.s. >>> president obama is wading into the minimum wage debate, as it grabs a spotlight today in cities coast-to-coast. president obama called on congress to increase the federal minimum wage. he pressed for an extension to jobless benefits to over a million long-term unemployed people. they expire three days after christmas. >>> meantime, fast food workers across the country will have their say today. they're staging another round of walkouts for higher pay. among the demands, a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to unionize. experts say such a pay increase could push up fast food costs by about 20%. put another way, the cost of a $3 hamburger could rise to around $3.50. >>> universal pictures is shutting down production on "fast & furious 7," to figure out how to proceed with the character played by paul walker. a california jeweler is revealing a secret about walker. walker anonymously bought an engagement ring for an iraqi war vet and his fiancee, after overhearing them say they couldn't afford the ring. >>> new documents showing toronto mayor rob ford may have tried to buy a video th
obama and the first lady. so many are expected to turn out, it's believed it will rival the funeral services for pope john paul ii when millions attended. diane. >> alex, thank you so much. as you said, we did learn late today, president and mrs. obama will travel to the memorial services next weekend. they will be on board air force 1, riding with them some former residents of the white house, president george w. bush and mrs. bush. >>> another former president is remembering mandela today. president bill clinton, who talked with the anchor of this week, co-anchor of good morning america, george stephanopoulos. >> he once told me that he lived on hatred, when he went into prison. he said after 11 years he realized that they had taken about everything they could take from him except his mind and heart. he said, i realized that those are things you have to give away, and i decided not to give them away. >> mahatma gandhi, abe lincoln, george washington. he belongs in that group. >> he does. you know, in my lifetime, gandhi and mandela, in no small measure, because of their willingnes
growing. president obama leaving on air force one tomorrow night with the first lady, of course, who met mandela with her daughters. the obamas have invited former president george w. bush and laura bush to travel them. the bushes have said they will. former president clinton and hillary clinton making the trip, as will former president jimmy carter, too. tonight, we learned queen elizabeth, who met mandela a number of times, has asked that her son prince charles attend in her place. and on this sunday in south africa, a day of prayer. and word from one of nelson mandela's daughters, during his final days. abc's byron pitts is there. >> reporter: this sunday was soaked in symbolism. the former township, once the epicenter of the anti-apartheid movement. grief and gratitude stretched across generations. he spoke for a nation. >> i'm here today, he fought for our freedom. if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be here. we wouldn't be having all the things that we have. >> reporter: for nelson mandela's memorial service on tuesday, with world leaders from across the globe in attendance, it will
the truck six days after the crash and found richard still alive. >>> the obama administration says its health care website is now running glitch free after undergoing aparound the clock overhaul over the weekend. the white house offered specifics today on what change to keep healthcare.gov from crashing or sending out error mess answer. technicians fixed spots. the website can now handle 50,000 users at a time. >> we've made significant progress in improving healthcare.gov. and achieving a system that runs smoothly for the vast majority of consumers. >> republicans still aren't sold. the white house says it is working to improve the site and it isn't done yet. the administration is delaying a big push to get people enrolled until it's certain the technical glitches are a thing of the past. >>> overseas for a moment. benjamin netanyahu has met with the pope for the first time ever. netanyahu and pope francis met privately at the vatican for about 25 minutes today to discuss peace talks, iran and possible visit by the pope to jerusal jerusalem. netanyahu gave pope francis a book about th
are remembering nelson mandela, a man who changed this world. president obama saying just hours ago he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. at 95, his death not a surprise, but the lessons of his life still reverbrating around the globe, that long walk to freedom, brimming with humility, resilient, a determination to forgive. and there has been a huge outpouring of emotion, reaction from around the world tonight, our team there starting with abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran who joins us right now from london. terry? >> reporter: it is a profound moment for south africa and really for the world, the marking of the passing of this remarkable man and of the end of an era in human grace and dignity. in south africa itself, in the neighborhood which was a segregated township where nelson mandela lived before he went to prison for 27 years and where he went home to. there is a combination of mourning, of sorrow and celebration and gratitude, people gathering outside of his home and dancing, celebrating the life of nelson mandela. reaction pouring in from around the world for h
attending. including president obama and the first lady, who travel to south africa next week, to pay respects, bringing along president and mrs. george w. bush. ♪ for three days, his body will lie in state in pretoria, the base of the south african government. there, the public will have an opportunity to view his casket. a week from sunday, he will be buried in his ancestral home in qunu. overnight, desmond tutu led a prayer service in capetown, calling for his countrymen to carry on mandela's legacy. >> let us reach out to one another. and let madiba's dream be our dream. >> reporter: the mood here far more celebratory than sad, as people make the choice to embrace by what was given, instead of being sad by what was lost. every day here in south africa, until mr. mandela is finally laid to rest. >> a man who changed the world. >>> our ron claiborne has covered nelson mandela extensively throughout the years. >> ron has had many experiences and memories. and is here with a personal take on the story. >> when you cover a story or a person, it requires professional detachment. we're
at the 2010 world cup. president obama and the first lady will be there, along with former president george w. bush and mrs. bush. former president jimmy carter. and former president bill clinton and mrs. clinton are expected at the funeral on sunday. next sunday, the state funeral in his hometown on the eastern cape. his long-time friend and lawyer, george bizos. >> he will go down in history, i think, as the revolutionary who didn't believe in violence. >> reporter: earlier today, we had our first public sighting of winnie mandela, his former wife and partner. today will be quiet. on tuesday, the gatheri ining l the world has never seen before, as dignitaries from around the globe gather to say farewell. >> nelson mandela has a large and complicated family tree with over a dozen grandchildren. some of them opened up to reena ninan on a recent visit to south africa. she's here to tell us about it. >> reporter: 17 grandkids and three wives. everyone vying for his time and affection. there is one thing that he did from his prison cell that still brings his family comfort. set free after 27 yea
in johannesburg. mandela made his last public appearance at the 2010 world cup. it's confirmed, president obama and the first lady will be there, along with former president george w. bush and mrs. bush. former president jimmy carter and former president bill clinton and mrs. clinton are expected at the funeral next sunday. wednesday through friday, he will lie in state in the nation's legislative capital. next sunday, the state funeral in his hometown on the eastern cape. his long-time friend and lawyer, george bizos. >> he will go down in history, i think, as the revolutionary who didn't believe in violence. >> reporter: earlier today, we had our first public sighting of winnie mandela, his former wife and partner in the dark days of apartheid. tomorrow will be quiet. on tuesday, the gathering like the world has never seen before, as dignitaries from around the globe gather to say farewell to nelson mandela. bianna? >> a week of mourning, reflection, and celebration. our thanks to you. >>> nelson mandela has a large and complicated family tree with over a dozen grandchildren. some of them ope
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. as president obama told abc's barbara walters, his legacy may depend on it. >> the good thing about when you're done, usually, you've got nowhere to go but up. >> reporter: the next big deadline here at the white house is december 23rd. that's when people must enroll if they want coverage by early next year. but david, one top administration official tells me tonight, "our fingers are crossed." >> fingers crossed. jeff zeleny at the white house, thank you. >>> now to the economy, and the numbers are in tonight. more than 141 million americans went shopping this thanksgiving holiday weekend. that's up 2 million from last year. and this even, many preparing for some big deals tomorrow. it is cyber monday. here's abc's business correspondent rebecca jarvis now. >> reporter: holiday shoppers flooded retail stores, chasing those holiday deals. >> i'm in! >> reporter: all told, americans will likely spend $57.4 billion over the four-day weekend. shoppers spent nearly $10 billion in stores on black friday, but industry analysts say the number is down 13%, as compared to last year on the same day. p
filming "fast & furious 7," after a mourning period for the cast and the crew. >>> today president obama will renew a push to tout obama care. with the website improving, the white house is reminding people why the law was passed in the first place. "the washington post" reports that one-third of people who signed up for health care plans on the federal insurance website may have errors on their application due to computer system glitches. the white house is denying that number. >>> we'll soon hear for the first time the seven emergency calls made to newtown police on the day of the sandy hook massacre. prosecutors had tried to keep the 911 tapes secret. but they were overruled in court. the judge said the recordings being released tomorrow will help the public gauge whether the police responded appropriately. >>> new, overnight, this picture taken during a rescue operation in santa ana, california. this woman became wedged in a tiny space about five feet from the ground. firefighters pulled her out with minor injuries. >>> crews in washington state hope to resume their search this morni
. >>> in other news tonight president obama said the growing gap between rich and poor threatens america's founding ideals and he calls for a raise in the minimum wage to $10 an hour. his remarks come ahead of a day of protest, fast food workers in this country in some 100 cities plan to walk off the job tomorrow to push for higher pay. >>> meanwhile vice-president biden was in china shaking things up within hours of arriving there. the first stop on his two-day visit, it was the u.s. embassy where he told a group of mostly young people, chinese waiting in line for visas, they should challenge their own government, saying innovation can occur only when you breathe free. >>> and back here at home, chicago police are reporting some welcome news tonight, what could be the fewest number of homicides since 1965. to the end of november there were 380 homicides reported and at this time last year the number was 474. after last year's surge in violence, the police launched a sweeping crime fighting initiative including more officers on patrol. >>> next here tonight, proof that generosity can cha
.c. >> three, two, one. >> president obama has thrown the switch, lighting the national christmas tree. michelle obama and their daughters joined the president on stage as he counted down. the president did a little dancing with a little elf. the festivities wrapped up in pretty hua weather there in washington. >>> meantime, a bay area family is one of 20 in the nation competing in the great christmas light fight. >> my collecting of disney got to a point where i felt i had enough holiday disney characters and mickeys et cetera that we decided to set up a display and incorporate my disney collection with our christmas decorations. >> now there is a fan. the great christmas light fight will air right here on abc7 starting next monday. stay tuned. >>> help us feed the bay area this holiday season. visit the facebook page and take the pledge to give where you live. we will donate $1 in your honor to the bay area's feeding america food bank up to $75,000. everyone who takes the pledge will be entered to win $7,000 cash. the winner will be announced on december 19th. >> one of the great thi
. >>> new this morning, president obama is urging congress to extend unemployment benefits that are set to expire at the end of the year. in his weekly address the president says the unemployment benefits may make a difference between hardship and catastrophy for 1.3 million americans. he adds an extension of the benefits will help keep the economy growing. >>> if congress refuses to act, it won't just hurt families already struggling, it will actually harm our economy. unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways there is to boost our economy. when people have money to spend on basic necessities, that means more customers for our businesses and ultimately more jobs. >>> fighting a report the president says allowing the benefits to expire could cost businesses 240,000 jobs. >>> the california public utilities commission has announced it's joining the investigation into this week's disabled bart train incident. at least nine people went to the hospital wednesday after the train became stuck in a berkeley hills tunnel. bart says the train stopped after a short caused emergency
.gov. what the obama administration says it's done to give visit ovrz a glitch-free experience. >> hi there, everyone. i'm meteorologist lee glancer today. temperatures in the 70s. by wednesday we could be talking about some frooed freeze warnings for the bay area. get ready for a huge drop in and why can you move the tv out here? the wireless receiver. i got that when i switched to u-verse. but why? because it's so much better than cable. it's got more hd channels, more dvr space. yeah, but i mean, how did you know? i researched. no, i-i told you. no. yeah! no. the importan and i got you this visor. you made a visor! yes! that i'll never wear. ohh. [ male announcer ] get u-verse tv for just $19 a month for two years with qualifying bundles. rethink possible. >>> new details continue to meerj about the fiery car crash that killed "fast and furious" actor paul walker. the sheriff department says speed was a factor in the crash. walker's publicist says he was a passenger in the car driven bring his friend roger rodas. both men died. in this video obtained exclusive i feel by abc news shows th
for advanced help. >>> the obama administration is urging north korea to free an elderly american tourist. after he appeared in a new video. 85-year-old merrill newman is seen confessing to war crimes, reading from an awkwardly phrased text. it's the first time he was seen since being detained five weeks ago when he was pulled off a plane with no explanation. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved. >> the swedish ambassador visited newman on saturday and told his family he is is in good health. the family is hoping to have him home before the new year. >>> a bizarre death happening at the broncos-chiefs game. the owner of an suv went to his car, there was a stranger sitting inside. the two struggled. when the stranger tried to run away, he collapsed and later died. he was not shot or stabbed. it will take an autopsy to find out what caused his death. >>> a show of support in the fight against the hiv. the white house was one of the most famous sites. they hung a giant symbolic red ribbon from the portico. >>> pope francis called on people to pray for people wit
following a consumer spending binge spearheaded on www. giving tuesday.org and endorsed by the obama administration. we are encouraging people to donate. >> very nice. doing good this holiday season could make you $7,000 richer. go to our facebook page and take the pledge. with each pledge we will donate a dollar in your honor to the feeding america food bank and up to $7235,000. everyone who takes the pledge will be entered to win $7,000. the winner is announced december 19th. spread the love. help us give where you live. >> coming up, a possible chew to why some people suffer from migraines. the every day product that could be the culprit. >> an incredible story of survival, a man found alive at three days trapped in a sunken ship on the ocean floor. >> hundreds of children will take part in a toy festival part of the firefighters' toy give away. santa will be there and along with mayor lee. the department of child support services will help hand out toys to more than 1,200 kids the program is funded by donations. >> where do you go to see the world's biggest gingerbread house? tex
curve. >> president obama is facing falling support in blue state california. a just released poll finds only 51 percent in california approve of the president's job performance. still a either joes down eight whole points from july. 43 percent of voters disapprove of his job performance new. >> from japan, v the premiere, after china declares a large area airspace as their own and the united states is concerned. >> good news for bart riders especially those would ride late at night. the earthquake retrofit work on the tube now is finished. bart says the 3.6 mile tunnel beneath the bay is done six months ahead of schedule and on budget. the work installing the steel plates began in march and it was performed late at night, three night as week and bart single tracked creating 10-to-15 minute delays no late nitrideers. >> today, the e cigarettes could be added to new legislation to places. the federal government does not regulate the e-cigarettes so the states and local governments are developing their own rules. >> a controversial gas pipeline on the peninsula is back up and running again
the obama administration is taking to make the college application process going a bit more smoothly. we have a link on our web site abc7 news.com under see it on tv. college has gotten so expensive. >> that is right. a study shows because a record number of college grads are deeper in debt. >> just keeps getting worse and worse. the picture for college grads is unfortunately bleak. a study finds 71% are leaving school with debt hanging over their heads up from 68% just five years ago. and the debt is higher than ever. it's now averaging $29,000. and the final blow, 18% of grads can't find jobs they're more likely to find a job than those did who did not go to college. >>> a warning to those who use google, facebook, yahoo, twitter. hackers stolen user names and pass words of 2 million users of those sites. most owners of the accounts have been notified, however, to be safe, experts say change your pass words often, also, make sure your antivirus software is updated >> you may see picket lines around fast food restaurants, workers planning strike as cross the country to protest low wages
. >> up next, bad dog? why first lady michelle obama may want to get sony toddler trained. >> and fit moms debate with the owner of a owner of a lingerie company. >> this is interstate 680. usual pattern, heavier traffic is northbound and light going southb uncle go one,two,one,two,one [uncle]thistwo,one.cotch,okay? [niece]okay! [uncle]okay? [niece]one,two three,four,five,six,seven,eight! [uncle laughing] okay,we go the other way,okay? [niece]one,two,three,four,five, six,seven! [uncle laughs]there's ten spaces,you want to try again? [uncle]yeah? to those who've been waiting welcome to covered california. the place to find quality, affordable coverage, and nobody can be denied because of a pre-existing condition. enroll today at coveredca.com. >> this is a lot harder than i thought it would be. i -- i can't. we're -- let's just go to break. we'll be right back. >> he went out like a champion. sam champion got emotional on the last day on "good morning america". robin, george and josh showed clips of past sam moments and rolled out a giant weather cake at the end. champion will be the new ho
mandela and dismantled apartheid. president obama will travel to south africa to pay his respects to mandela ordered the flags flown at half staff. >> this morning, prince william is remembering mandela as an extraordinary and inspiring man, the duke and duchess were guests at london premiere of "mandela, a long walk to freedom," when they received wore the leader had died. rinse william expressed his sympathies as he live theater with kate and a moment silence was held after the final credits. >> musician richie was the first to tweet about the leader. when mandela made the tour of the united states in 1990 richie actually served we as his fashion stylist and was if charge of updating the look after three decades in prison. in the bay area, many petroleum -- petroleum who had the honor of seeing him in person are remembering the leader. he inspired tens of thousands during an appearance at the oakland coliseum 23 years ago. it was singing and celebration and he was here in june of 1990 a few months after being released from prison. 58,000 people packed the coliseum. he delivered
. the first in the 20th century. after this law, divestment began in earnest. >> president obama and first lady will travel to south after rick why for mandela's memorial service as will former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush. careen travers reports. >> he will be remembered for the way he led his dignity. >> crowds gathered outside of the home where mandela passed away. there were tears and prayers. there is also singing and dancing. details have been announced about the service that's were honoring his life and legacy. >> we should work together to organize a befitting funeral for this outstanding son of the country. >> his body was moved to patoria. sunday will be a national day of prayer. the stadium has symbolic meaning where he made his last pubic alear yens. closing ceremonies of the of the world cup in >> idea every human being ought to be free and oppression can end. that is what nelson mandela taught us. >> nelson mandela will be buried next sunday. >> and you can watch a special edition on 2020. hosted by robin roberts. >> tune in for that. as sun sets tonight toughes
president obama hit the switch lighting the national christmas tree. michelle obama and their daughters joined the president on stage counting down and as you see there, the president also did a little dancing with a little elf in those festivities. >>> a bay area family is one of 20 in the nation competing in the great christmas light fight. the family of san rafael. >> my collecting of disney got to a point where i felt i had enough holiday disney, you know, characters and mickeys, et cetera, that we decided to set up a display and incorporate my disney collection with our christmas decorations. >> the great christmas light fight is reality tv show and it will air right here on abc 7 starting next monday. i like that. the light fight. always good to see people go all out like that and feels like christmas in some places. a white christmas in the bay area? >> tahoe area, certainly. >> of course. >> 15 inches of new snow in sugar bowl and another hour or so until this is lifted but, wow, another one to two feet above 7,000 feet so looking good there and you know, we saw a few flakes her
. mourn -- reflection. mourners gather in front of his former home. president obama and the first lady will be attending a memorial service on tuesday. in the bay area there will be a book for people to pay tribute to nelson mandela, starting tomorrow in oakland, san mateo and hayward, on wednesday there will be a civic memorial at city hall in san francisco. >> a pg&e worker is being treated for minor burns after a job-related accident. he was responding to a power outage. the worker was trying to put a transformer in a box. the transformer failed and he suffered burns to his hands and face. other crews rye placed the transformer. power was returned by noon. >> how a california man got a jump on ringing in the new year. plus, holiday parade too hot to handle. what investigators say caused this float inferno. temperatures are dropping out there tonight. we'll find out how much longer this cold snap will last. thosed ewelcome to covered california. now, you can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. enroll today at coveredca.com. >> a spectator took this video
. obama will attend the new jersey memorial service along with former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton and majority. it will be held at the stadium where mandela made the final public appearance at the 2010 world cup and will lie in state if three days in the capital before he is finally laid to rest after a state funeral next sunday. >> back in the bay area, a book of condoleents for nelson mandela's family be available starting today at the san francisco city hall if people to sign. a memorial book will be available at the memorial park in san mateo county and champion of the chimes locations in oakland and hayward. you can sign the book from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily until the end of the month planning to send the books to nelson mandela's family in south africa. >> we are learning of the veteran held captive in north korea if a if -- for a month. the 85-year-old is at a local home. he came back to the united statessen saturday was kept in a comfortable hotel room, not a cell, and well fed, eating traditional korean food and said that is not my english when asked about t
. >> the holidays have arrived in washington, d.c. >> three, two, one! whew! >> yesterday president obama hit the switch lighting the national christmas tree. michelle obama and their daughters joined the president on stage as he counted down and the president also did a little dancing with a little elf during the festivities last night. >>> a bay area family is one of 20 in the nation competing in the great christmas light fight. it's a family in ran rafael. >> my collecting of disney got to a point where i felt i had enough holiday disney, you know, characters and mickeys, et cetera, that we decided to set up a display and incorporate my disney collection with our christmas decorations. "the great christmas light fight," a reality tv show, will air here on abc7 starting next monday. >> the winds are starting to gust around the bay area. numbers from fran in the low 40s. only climbing another four or five degrees today. i'll tell you if the rain, possibly snow is over, and when we will see numbers get back to normal coming up. >> thank you, lisa. also coming up, the warriors go on the road a
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